How can Lean affect safety?

Most people are familiar with the term lean manufacturing and how it is used to focus on waste reduction and overall process improvement. While lean concepts have been a proven way to benefit just about any facility, it is also a great option for companies that want to improve workplace safety. Lean and safety really go together very well. In fact, one of the most popular lean methods, 5S, is commonly being ‘upgraded’ to 6S, …

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What is HAZCOM?

Understanding HAZCOM Standards Organizations all over the world manufacture, import, handle, and store chemicals on a regular basis. Chemicals are used across all types of industries to get all types of jobs done, but some are much more dangerous than others. Harmful chemicals are virtually everywhere; toxic chemicals like ammonia are used in commercial refrigerating, paint gives off volatile organic compounds, and even the gas in your vehicle has the potential to explode. Chemicals can …

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Food Processing Safety

The food processing industry is large and complex, and in most cases requires state or federal safety criteria to be observed during each phase of the food processing workflow. These criteria are often defined by a specific set of rules and regulations depending upon the processes in play. For safety managers to be able to ensure that proper safety protocol is being followed at all times in their facilities, OSHA, the FDA and other local …

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Forklift Operator Safety Tips

Along with maintaining the vehicle, any forklift operator must use safety precautions while driving it. You must remind yourself of how dangerous these vehicles can be and avoid situations that put you and other employees at risk. This includes any kind of horseplay on or around the equipment. There is always temptation to fool around and play games at work, but the potential for disaster is too great to give in to these temptations. Instead …

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Pipe Marking for Your Facility

Pipe marking is essential to any workplace that transports liquids or substances throughout their facility via pipes. Having an effective pipe marking strategy often requires more than just printing a simple label and putting it on a pipe. Whether it’s ANSI/ASME standards or just tips from the pros, the following are best practices to consider before embarking on your pipe labeling journey. Requirements for Pipe Marking While OSHA has not developed specific requirements when it …

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Implementing Floor Markings in your Facility

Having a visual factory is essential for keeping a workplace runningsmoothly. It can greatly improve safety, increase efficiency, and promote organization in nearly any type of workplace. There are several components that go into an effective visual communication strategy including using signs, labels, and floor marking. Floor marking encompasses several components like floor tape, floor shapes, and floor signs/floor stickers. Floor tapes come in many different colors and materials, so you can truly customize your …

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GHS labels: What you need to know

Hazard communication is often essential to workplace safety, an GHS labels are a cornerstone of HazCom. Originally introduced and developed by the United Nations in 1992, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals has been required by OSHA since 2012. In this post we look examine each component of a compliant label and how to ensure your facility is aligned with the GHS standard. What’s on a GHS label? No matter …

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Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Electricity can pose a dangerous a hazard to employees and the workplace. People can be severely injured, a fire could be started, and electrical incidents could even result in death. Although there are a number of requirements and tips for achieving proper electrical safety, here are just a few to get you started. Identify hazards in a Gemba walk: One of the best ways you can effectively address present electrical hazards in by going and …

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Arc Flash Safety Requirements

Arc flashes are one of the most dangerous hazards found in a workplace. The potential property damage of an arc flash includes metal on equipment melting, a fire breaking out, or even break windows and splinter wood, and the potential for human injury is extremely serious. Workers who experience an arc flash could be burned badly, be electrocuted, have permanent hearing or eyesight damage, and can be fatal in extreme cases. Although arc flashes can …

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Keep an Eye on Safety with ANSI z87.1

Eyes are one of the most vulnerable organs of the human body, and as an employer you areobligated to keep your workers safe, including their eyes. Providing compliant and effective personal protective equipment (PPE) can dramatically reduce the chance of eye injury and even vision loss. Whether your workplace is a construction site, a laboratory, or a manufacturing warehouse, there are a number of hazards the eye faces. Fortunately, the ANSI z87.1 standard was developed …

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